Diagnostic Reading #3: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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Forbes healthcare predictions for 2017; rads less susceptible to vendor perks.

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: Forbes healthcare predictions for 2017; can EHRs offer personalized care; why radiology is less susceptible to enticements from healthcare vendors;  exercise might help men (but not women) stave off Alzheimer’s disease; and out with Obamacare and in with Trumpcare.

Seeing the future? 9 predictions in healthcare technology – Clinical Innovation+Technology (Forbes)

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With the New Year comes a new load of predictions, from football to politics to medicine. A Forbes article by Reenita Das takes a look at healthcare technology. Whether it’s connecting patients to physicians, reconstructing the foundation of healthcare or the introduction of robots, Das believes this year will see the pros outweighing the cons. In her article, she discusses topics such as artificial intelligence, Apple’s operations in healthcare, and behavioral health.

Can EHRs offer personalized care to every patient? – Clinical Innovation+Technology

EHRs might have the ability to personalize treatment for every patient and serve as a type of search engine. A patient, for example, could search for “pancreatic cancer” and have treatment histories from various healthcare systems. Users can further specialize their search by checking off topics centered on cancer stage, patient age, type of treatment, and outcomes.

Payola is one problem radiology doesn’t have to reckon with – Health Imaging

Radiology is less susceptible than many other specialties to the lure of healthcare vendors who wine and dine physicians to drive sales of their products. Decisions around imaging equipment acquisitions are seldom made unilaterally. Now a new study confirms the lack of an association between increased imaging utilization and monies, gifts, or perks given to radiologists for purposes other than supporting research.

Exercise might help men stave off Alzheimer’s decline; but women not so much – Health Imaging

Physical fitness is associated with cortical grey matter and total grey-matter volumes in elderly men at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there’s no such association for women fitting the same profile. That’s according to a Scandinavian study published online in the journal of the British Geriatrics Society.

Out with Obamacare, in with Trumpcare – Radiology Business

Many are wondering: What will Trumpcare really look like? Congress could pursue legislation that repeals the ACA while simultaneously calling for a delay in implementing any alternative. Whichever approach is ultimately pursued, maintaining a reasonably high proportion of insured Americans will be important for its success. Popular elements of Obamacare—mandated coverage of preexisting conditions and of children until they’re 26 years old, for example—are likely to remain in place with any new system.

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